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Hay

Grasses, clover, alfalfa and other legumes, or any other leafy plant material that is cut and dried to be used for animal feeding. [NALT]

A term applied mainly to grasses (but may include legumes and herbs) that have been cut and dried, usually in the field, to preserve as fodder. [AGROVOC]

Publications

Comparison of Hay or Round Bale Silage as a Means to Conserve Forage

AN266/AN266 by Matt Hersom, Todd Thrift, and Joel YelichNovember 13th, 2017

Crabgrass as a Forage and Hay Crop

AG195/SS-AGR-193by A. R. Blount, D. M. Ball, R. K. Sprenkel, R. O. Myer, and T. D. HewittJanuary 18th, 2017

How Much Does Bad Hay Cost a Beef Cattle Producer?

AN339/AN339 by Matt Hersom and Todd ThriftFebruary 12th, 2018

Implications of Round Bale Dimensions on Hay Use

AN326/AN326 by Matt Hersom, Todd Thrift, and Joel YelichAugust 12th, 2019

Related IFAS Blog Posts

Test Forages

Bridget SticeSeptember 9th, 2023Now is the time to plan winter supplementation strategies.  Conserved forages (hay, haylage, stockpiled forages) are usually the foundation of a winter feeding plan.  Whether harvesting your own hay/haylage or purchasing, understanding the nutritive value of your forages can be used to adjust the amount and composition of supplements that will need to be added […]

Playing it SAFE!!!

erinejonesSeptember 14th, 2022Safe can be defined as protected from or not exposed to danger or risk. Safety and wellbeing can come in waves when working in the agricultural field, as agriculturist we are considered to be among the most hazardous occupations in terms of health and safety. According to the CDC 368 farmers or farm workers died […]

Maintain the value of your stored forage

lbutlerNovember 12th, 2021Hay may be a less costly source of nutrition for livestock producers and it is the most common stored feed source. Producing quality hay is a task that involves time, energy, and expense. Every year more than 60 million acres in the U.S. are dedicated to hay production which yields over 12 million dollars for […]

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